Designing experience and Movie Business

About three years ago I mentioned you about, that on the portal PolakPotrafi I supported the crowfounding of book about game design by Jacek Wesołowski and the team Wonderland Engineering (Inżynieria Wszechświetności) titled Game Engineering. Level Design for Beginners. As part of the awards, apart from the e-book, I chose an analysis of the Movie Business. From that moment there were several versions of the game, in which I included some remarks and proposals contained in the document prepared by Jacek.

Why such a rush of nostalgia? Well, more than a dozen days ago started a new project of the same team. It is again the book about game design, this time, however, more extensive and more comprehensive. Its titled Design experience. Mechanisms, emotions, narration.

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In the next version… Tutorials

Movie Business every moment gaining new options and is becoming more complicated. One of the users of Reddit (where sometimes I publish information about new versions of the game) drew attention to the fact, the game does not have any tutorial. I admit, that from my point of view this is the element with the lowest priority, because personally I prefer to spend my limited time to develop the game, and not documentation. Unfortunately the reality is, that tutorials cannot fully be omitted. Today, there is a whole bunch of the games for pennies or completely free and on various platforms, once someone has discovered a niche game, creator has only just a few minutes to interest new player with his game. In addition, when the game is so graphically not inspired as Movie Business it is far more difficult to require the players that they spent enough time to know the nuances of it or read the documentation (that after all the help for game exists and contains quite a lot of interesting details).

Hence, I made decisions, that a substitute of tutorial would be an useful in the game.

Read moreIn the next version… Tutorials

In the next version… Events during production and producer decisions

Another, at first glance, a small modification, which will appear in the new version of the game is to change the approach to the assessment of the creators in the film. So far all the calculations associated with the determination of how well individual artists performed their tasks (calculation of performance) were made at the time of release. Now the most important element of assessment of the performance artists will be made at the very start of production. This small change has a huge consequence and creates new possibilities. This is probably the biggest revolution since the introduction of the game save option.

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In the next version. Licenses or rights to the movie

In today's world an important role plays licenses for specific artifacts (pop)culture. They allow you to create movies based on the specific idea. The concept of license (in the sense of rights to movies) will appear in the next version of the game.

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More than 3000 creators Set update 48

This is the last set update in this year. Jednak bardzo istotna. Thanks to your commitment and activity it makes, że oficjalny zestaw twórców przekroczył barierę 3000 creators available in the database of the game (dokładnie 3092). I wanted to thank warmly to all, którzy przyczynili się do pokonania tej bariery.

Today's set update brings 239 creators and 483 photos .

The largest contributors to this update are:

  • Balša Milijaš
  • andrew89
  • Arek
  • Bohusz

The update will occur when you start a new game with the default set of creators (details can be found here).

A przy okazji życzę Wam Wesołych Świąt!

P.S. New Year wishes not submit yet, bo w tym roku planuję jeszcze jeden wpis 🙂

In the next version… Contracts

Possibility of signing contracts was proposed by some playes long time age, however, there was no justification for the introduction of such feature from the game mechanic point of view (It was hard to put them together with some other elements from the world of games). With the appearance of sequels some began to grieve, on the fact, that not always all creators are available, when they wanted to make the sequel of its hit. At this point, this option began to make sense, but I had to find a reasonable way of incorporation into the mechanics of the game.

And here I probably did. With the next version there will be a new option to sign a contract with choosen creator. Contracts will be subject to the following rules.

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About numbering the next version

Autumn and winter season has already started so it's time for information about the next version. Yes, officially I can confirm, that the work on it is already in progress… Once this formality is already behind us time to go into the details. Today, a few words about the changes in the numbering version of the game ahead of us.

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Creators set update 47

Today another creators update. You will find there 134 creators and 371 photos .

The largest contributors to this update are:

  • Balša Milijaš
  • Tomas Av
  • robbert
  • andrew89

The update will occur when you start a new game with the default set of creators (details can be found here).

After this update, the official set will contain 2935 creators .

 

P.S. There will be soon new interesting information about next version of the game..

Creators set update 45

As promised today another creators set update. You will find there 132 creators and 278 photos .

The largest contributors to this update are:

  • Balša Milijaš
  • Tomas Av
  • andrew89 

The update will occur when you start a new game with the default set of creators (details can be found here).

In total, the default set of games already has 2798 creators .

Because still some of you very actively adding the creators probably soon you can expect another update.. Oby tak dalej 🙂

Creators set update 44 with a surprise for contributors

Another creators set update was just released. It contains 86 and 508 photos (including more than 200 cult creators). The largest contributors to this update are:

  • Balša Milijaš
  • Tomas Av
  • andrew89 

Plenty of cult characters as usual was added by Łukasz Oleksiak.

As lately you flood me with proposals of creators, which I have not had time to review and verify you can expect the next update quite soon.

Today's update had another goal, test the new functionality in the MovieStats, that is, that at release of new set update of creators, all contributors for given version will receive an email with the information about creator from their proposals which was included in the update. It is a kind of little thing but I hope, that remind you of, that your work associated with proposal of creator has tangible results.

Here one more note If you receive an email, and lately you didn't add any new creators, this means, one of the added in the past by you, was updated (it may be affected its data, parameters or added photos or cult characters played by that person).

The update will occur when you start a new game with the default set of creators (details can be found here).

In total, the default set of games already has 2567 creators .

Creators set update 43

And we have another creators set update… this time quite big. It contains 181 creators and 435 photos. The biggest contributors for this update are andrew89 and Karol. From my side, I was able to add finally some artists from the 70s and early 80s. In addition, supplemented the set of about a dozen less popular artists emerging in the cult films and cult heroes in their present.

Update will apply when you run the a new game with a default set of creators (details can be found here) – It may take quite a while.

In total, the default set of games already has 2544 creators .

Cheat Codes

I think it is high time to end the current poll related to cheat codes in the second part of the game.

There were 198 votes. Wherein 116 people would like to have that option, 73 not, and 9 abstentions. By the way, broadening my knowledge in the field of game design, my approach to cheat codes recently it evolved somewhat ... because it turns out, it is not always about cheating ... Just do not all want / can afford the long time for playing games, and sometimes they want to shoot a few stress-free films with well-known artists, which probably reflects well on the game itself ... that no additional motivation (in the form of challenges or other "tricks") you like just to play...

Immediately reassure those who did not like such option, that cheat codes nie będą dostępne we wszystkich trybach gry, only those, gdzie nie będą one zaburzały zdobywania osiągnięć oraz innych celów rozgrywki (jak w trybie kariery czy w wyzwaniach).

Tak więc oficjalnie potwierdzam, that cheat codes pojawią się w kolejnej wersji… but there is nothing for free if you wanted to have such option that I have a task for you ... or even two.

The first question is what kind of cheat you would gladly see in the game. My guess is, that necessarily it has to be an increase of available cash. Ale może macie jakieś inne propozycje… np. słyszałem, that some people do not like animes and may want to turn them off? Let me know what else can possibly be put under general understood cheat codes / easter eggs 😉

The second task is related to the first it is slogan, które te kody miałyby aktywować… zamiast pisać np $100000000 You can use a famous quote from the movie like "Show me the money” który wykrzykiwał Cuba Gooding, Jr w filmie Jerry Maguire

And if you do not take advantage of the opportunity to give some own ideas ... well… you will be one to blame…

 

Creators set update 42

As, before the last releasem I could not focus on adding creators, update set appeared just before this year's Oscars ceremony. It contains more than 60 the creators and 170 photos. Apart from me, the biggest contributor to this update was Jan. This time the update is versatile because in it we have a bit of everything:

  • new artists (Polish and foreign)
  • a few candidates for this year's Oscars
  • new cult characters
  • the older artists that appear in the cult films
  • improvement of several poor quality photos

I'm glad , that you add your own suggestions of creators, recall however, of proper quality of images (they must be properly scaled to no have deformation made due to bad proportions).

Update will apply when you run the a new game with a default set of creators (details can be found here). In total, the default set of games already has 2395 creators .

Version 0.9.4 ready for download

As promised, just before the next Oscars ceremony, I am pleased to present another version of the Movie Business 2 with number 0.9.4. But before download a few words of introduction.

As usual, a summary of the most important changes and innovations introduced in this version can be found at version history, a more detailed description of the new functionality you can find in the post on my personal blog.

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Creators set update 40

After a long break, time for a little set update. It contains 58 creators (new or updated) and 64 photos. The largest contributors to this update are Durve, Tomas Av and robbert. The update will occur when you start the game with the default set of creators (details can be found here). In total, the default set of the game already contains more than 2330 creators .

Fixes and updates - version 0.9.3

I am pleased to present you the versions 0.9.3 Movie Business 2. This time, it contains mainly fixes (in the majority of) minor bugs, modifications of certain algorithms, updates the creators and reviews as well as two visible function for you. The possibility of shifting roles in the scenario and using real quotes from movies (the database contains few hundreds of famous texts).

Detailed information about the changes can be found in version history and you obtain as usual from the page Download MB2.

Have fun.

Creators set update 38, the Oscars one

There is another update of the creators set. As another Oscars ceremony is coming it contains more than a dozen creators who were nominees this year for this award, and which was missing in the game. The whole update contains 67 creators and 149 photos (including several cult characters). The largest contributors to this update are Slowik (that added quite a few Polish artists) and Filip.

The update will occur when you start the game with the default set of creators (details can be found here).

New layout

The current theme of the site though it was very functional slightly deviate from the today's Web standards. So I decided to refresh it slightly. For a quite long time I was looking for a template, that would be as functional as the original. In the end I managed to find one, that meets my expectations. So here I am pleased to present a refreshed official Movie Business game page.

In addition, the English version of the home page, available at moviebusiness.tomiga.net has also been modified to contain redirects to the main section of the page.

As usual, any comments and feedback on the new layout is nice to hear.

Teaser or be aware, that something happens

Fact, of appearing few weeks ago the new version of the game does not mean, that since then I already have a holiday. It will come for this when it gets warmer… For now, I am working on some new features in MovieStats, and a little surprise. Here is this little teaser...

And now something completly different, It's been a few weeks since the release of v 0.9.1 so, I will gladly listen to your comments on it. When I am looking for your productions, I have a few thoughts and ideas of what could be improved in the next version. Let me know in the comments or on the forum what you like, and what requires still some amendments or changes.

In any case, you should know, that something is going on and expect more information soon...

Version 0.9.0 ready for download

I am pleased to announce that, after several months of intensive work, You can now download version 0.9.0 Movie Business 2. However, before you do this please do read a couple more important information.

Information about changes and news in this release can be found in version history, a more detailed description of the new functionality you can find in the post on my personal blog.

With the new version, the game requires an updated .NET Framework library (to version 4.5). No stress, most likely you do not have anything special to do, probably because you have it already installed on your systems (this library is very popular and is used by many applications such as. the drivers for your graphics card). If during the installation, it will not be detected, the installer informs You of this and indicates where it can be download. However, if for some reason something went wrong, just let me know by email. I will try to help you solve the problem.

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Creators set update 32

This is the last entry before Christmas. As you probably guessed, this means, that this year there will be no new version of MB2. You have to wait for it until next year (but this is not so long). To make your waiting time a bit more pleasure I have for you a new update of creators set. It contains 56 new and updated characters and 174 photos.

For those who have forgotten how to update a set reminder link.

As I mentioned this last entry before Christmas so, I wish you peaceful, warm, family holidays and interesting gifts under the tree.

And yet small information for donors. After the holidays probably you will receive an email with a small surprise…

T-Shirts and shop with gadgets of Movie Business

Mdc BFMB LogoSanta Claus is coming and Christmas so this is the best time for gifts. And going against the biggest fans of the game, I have a little surprise for you. Now you can fend for themselves (or your loved ones) make a gift in the form of gadgets related to the Movie Business.

From today officially is available shop with gadgets associated with the game Movie Business. At first glance they go several types of T-shirts with motifs of the game. More details will learn of the new section Shop.